Self-Realisation

After you raise your hand…

Show up.

Show up and keep showing up.

Show up with at least as much enthusiasm as you had when you first raised your hand to volunteer.

The volunteering part is easy. Making promises is a fun way to get someone’s attention.

Keeping those promises is often unsung, but that’s how you build something.

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The trap of listening to feedback

“If I listened to feedback, I would have quit on the first day.”

You’re devoting your life to making something important. Something helpful. Something that matters. Mostly, something that hasn’t been done before, that’s going to bend the curve and make an impact.

If you begin and end with surveys and focus groups, all you’re going to do is what’s been done before.

We’re counting on you to trust yourself enough to speak your own version of our future. Yes, you’ll need the empathy to put yourself in our shoes, and the generosity to care enough to make it worth our time and trust. But no, don’t outsource the hard work of insight and creation to the rest of us.

That’s on you.

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Inciteful

The right answer might not be the best thing you can say.

Perhaps it would be better if you could help your friend take action instead. The acts of finding and doing are almost always more useful than getting good advice.

Inciting action is often better than contributing insight. Better to move forward and figure it out than to stand still and believe you know the right answer.

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The moment of maximum leverage

It’s the moment before it tips, that split second where a little effort can make a big difference.

We wait for this. For the day when participating will truly pay off, for the mechanical advantage that gives us the most impact for our effort.

It’s a myth.

Maximum leverage is the result of commitment, of daily persistence, of gradual and insane and apparently useless effort over time.

When it works, it merely looks like we had good timing.

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A clean sheet of paper

The last few clues on the crossword are the easiest to decode… there aren’t as many choices.

Over time, we let the grid at work get filled up, and spend our work day filling in the little tiny corners. We address the undone tasks or find the small improvements that are next on the list.

Sometimes, this tiny incrementalism leads to a big idea. But often, it’s the freedom (and fear) of a clean sheet that opens the door to a different path forward.

Of course, the paper is never fully blank. We have countless assumptions about what our assets are, what’s achievable and where we’re comfortable. These assumptions could be suspended if we cared enough.

The best time to work with a clean sheet is long before you’re confronted with one.

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Self-Realisation

Throat clearing isn’t necessary

Begin in the middle.

The first paragraph, where you lay out what’s about to happen. The half-apology you use to preface your comments at the meeting. The email that takes a paragraph or two to get to the point…

You can skip those.

Throat clearing is a good way to make sure that people are looking at you. And an even better way to give yourself time to collect your thoughts, to indulge your fears or to get yourself warmed up.

But we’re already looking at you. We’ve clicked through to your link, given you the microphone, read your note…

Say all that stuff in your head, but, we’d really like to hear the best part first.

Begin in the middle.

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Self-Realisation

Stretching

There are two polar opposites: Staying still and Breaking. It’s easy to visualize each end of the axis, whatever the activity.

In between is stretching.

Stretching is growth. Extending our reach. Becoming more resilient, limber and powerful. Stretching hurts a bit, and maybe leaves us just a little bit sore.

But then, tomorrow, we can stretch further than we could yesterday. Because stretching compounds.

If you’re afraid of breaking, the answer isn’t to stay still. No, if you’re afraid of breaking, the answer is to dedicate yourself to stretching.

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